Skiers need a lot of gear: boots, ski pants, jackets and more. But know this: the less stuff you bring on your body when you go up the mountain the better — trust me on that one. If you bring too many layers or clothes with multiple types of materials in them (such as wool), it will only make you hotter and heavier as time goes by. Also, the less you wear, the easier getting those layers on and off will be later on.
If it’s cold, you may want to bring your most winter-appropriate pants (such as wool). If it’s warmer (we’re talking mid-winter), then lighter weight non-insulated pants are best. For day one, avoid shorts or baggier jeans if possible. (Note: don’t bring denim; that is not a good idea.
Table of Contents
- 1. Insulated Ski Jacket
- 2. Thermal Pants
- 3. Base Layer Shirt
- 4. Ski Gloves
- 6. Skiing Trousers
- 7. Skiing Boots
- 8. Hat
- 14. Mid Layers
- 15. Buff
- 16. Neoprene Socks
- 17. Sunglasses
- 18. Warm Underwear
- 19. Headband
- 20. Balaclava
- 21. Under-mitts
- 22. Bibs
- 23. Ski Poles
- 24. Bag
- 25. Sweater
- 26. Jacket with Hood
- 27. Boot
- 28. Winter Vest
- 29. Ear Muff
- 30. Fleece Pants
1. Insulated Ski Jacket
A must have for skiing or snowboarding, this is designed to keep you warm in the cold weather.
2. Thermal Pants
Another layer that will keep you warm when paired with a jacket, these are designed to be worn underneath your pants. They are available in various lengths.
3. Base Layer Shirt
A breathable tee-shirt made of wicking material that will absorb perspiration to keep you dry and comfortable when it’s cold outside! It can be worn on in warmer weather too!
4. Ski Gloves
When you’re out on the slopes you’ll need some warm, water-resistant gloves to protect your hands against all those cold conditions.
5. Warm Socks
Your feet are going to be working very hard as you ski, so make sure they’re protected from the elements with a warm pair of socks!
6. Skiing Trousers
These need to be both waterproof and warm – so insulated ski trousers are going to keep you on the right side of the elements!
7. Skiing Boots
You may not think so, but choosing your skiing boots is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to preparing for a day on the slopes. And the thing you want is to be uncomfortable or in pain all day! That’s why we recommend you go for good quality boots that fit well. It will be worth it in the long run!
An old pair of woolly or waterproof gloves can be used as a hat if you don’t have a ski cap to hand.
A scarf is another essential item of clothing for a day on the slopes due to its ability to keep your neck warm – which makes them great for skiing in cold weather!
10. Waterproof Pants
You’ve no doubt noticed that it rains quite a lot when you ski – so make sure your trousers have a good waterproof lining to protect against all those buckets of water coming down from the sky!
11. Ski Helmet
If your head is where it hurts, an old-fashioned helmet will do the trick. It also protects your ears from cold air and snow or ice that might get into them.
12. Ski Goggles
Face and eye protection are essential to keep you safe while skiing. Full-face goggles are the best option if you have any kind of eye protection on or if you wear glasses. Sunglasses will do in a pinch, but aren’t as effective at protecting your eyes.
13. Face Mask
Face masks are a necessity when you’re on the slopes because they provide an extra layer of protection if the winds start picking up.
14. Mid Layers
This consists of a mid-thigh length thermal layer, a long-sleeved warm layer, and a mid-length fleece.
A buff is not only functional and stylish, but it will also block wind from biting at your face and freezing your lungs up! They fit easily into your pocket so you can pull them out as needed for extra warmth when it’s really cold outside.
16. Neoprene Socks
Neoprene keeps your feet warm just like wool does for your body! The best thing about neoprene is that it doesn’t hold in sweat the way wool does, so you won’t get all smelly and gross from the sweatiness.
Just because you’re out in the cold doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looking fashionable! Sunglasses will keep the harmful UV rays out of your eyes as well as keeping you from being blinded by the sun, so it’s a win-win!
18. Warm Underwear
You’re going to want to wear a pair ( or two ) of warm underwear underneath any thermal layers. You never want to go outside in anything that will wick moisture away from your body, so this is vital!
You can use a headband to help keep your ears warm and your hair from getting all tangled up.
These are usually made up of a hair band with fluffy (some) material around the face that gets wrapped around the head and neck. They can be used as a scarf or they can cover part of your face.
These are very similar to mittens, but they’re made out of a much thinner material so they won’t be as heavy or warm. One downfall is that if you wear them without extra layers of clothing underneath, you run the risk of your fingers getting super cold.
Wear ski pants or ski bibs and long sleeves under your shell – it keeps you warmer than wearing the shell alone, especially in cold snow conditions when windchill is a factor.
23. Ski Poles
If you are skiing in the North you will be entering a very cold environment. Your hands and feet need to be protected so make sure to invest in a ski pole that has good grips on it.
You’ll have some extra space in your pack, so why not make it useful? A backpack will be ideal for stashing essentials like the snowboard and goggles. You can find one that fits you—make sure it’s well-padded and convenient to access.
The sweater is best worn under your jacket or in lieu of an outer shell—they keep you warm, but they can also act as a layer to protect from wind or cold temperatures if it gets up there.
26. Jacket with Hood
This kind of jacket has extra protection built-in, like armor in the chest and shoulders or plastic barriers against wind. While they’re not necessarily designed to be worn under a jacket, they’re a good item to have when you’re out on the slopes.
These are generally good boots for most activities outside of winter sports, so it’s not that big of a deal if you’re not wearing them when skiing; however, if you’re looking for warm booties for the slopes, we suggest checking out our boot guide!
28. Winter Vest
If you want to find a warm vest, then this is the one for you! It is made with a knit material and has several pockets to store all of your items! Perfect for a day out in the cold!
29. Ear Muff
Winter ear muffs are such a great invention! These ski earmuffs can help keep you warm and comfortable for hours at a time!
30. Fleece Pants
They are a warmer alternative to ski pants, giving you more flexibility but not as much protection from the weather as ski pants do.